Local businesses pitch in for annual veterans waterfowl hunt

By on December 31, 2017

The event started in 2013. (submitted photo)

In support of the WWIA Foundation and America’s combat wounded Purple Heart veterans, Beach Realty and Construction/Kitty Hawk Rentals will host a group of veterans in a soundfront historic hunting lodge renovated into a modern vacation rental in Powells Point from Jan. 10 to 14 for the Sixth Annual North Carolina Waterfowl Event.

For the 2018 event, rather than discount the lodging for the heroes, the property’s new owners, Kevin & Kathy Bokeno, donated the lodging to the foundation at no cost, a huge boost to the event.

“It has always been my goal for these heroes to come here and enjoy everything our Sportsman’s Paradise has to offer without taking a dime out of their own pocket,” said event organizer Brook Sparks.

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“With local small businesses making huge contributions and appreciative citizens helping in ways I never imagined, that goal has been met,” Sparks said. “These heroes don’t buy a duck stamp, a shotgun shell, a meal, a pack of crackers or even a bottle of water.”

Along with the accommodations, daily duck hunting excursions and meals have all been donated or paid courtesy of local businesses in Dare and Currituck counties.

The group’s stay at Southern Comfort was donated this year by owners Kevin & Kathy Bokeno.

Businesses participating include Beach Realty & Construction, Kempsville Building Supply, Larry Beasley, Hardee’s of Grandy, Red Sky Café, Currituck BBQ, Mutt n Jeff’s, Currituck Sports, Image Advertising, The Clean Team, Bazemore Septic, Atlantic Sewage, Sanctuary Vineyards, Coinjock Marina, BJ’s BBQ, Currituck Rotary, Pepsi, East Coast Demolition, Cindy’s Kitchen, Outer Banks Elevator, Casey Schmid with Farm Bureau, Starbucks of Kitty Hawk, Donuts on a Stick, Blue Pointe, Townebank, Currituck Taxidermy, Currituck County Tourism, Coastal Carolina Water, Currituck Sheriff’s office, Dockside in Duck and Sparks Tractor Service.

“Our community has made sure they have a little piece of Currituck to take home with them,” Sparks said.

“We can’t control the number of ducks they see or the weather they encounter, but Currituck makes this experience incredible for these heroes that have sacrificed so much.”

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“Each year, the bar is raised and the folks in our county answer that call. It makes me proud to call this place home,” said Sparks.

The Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation Inc. serves our nation’s combat wounded Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities as a means to recognize and honor their sacrifice, encourage independence and connections with communities, and promote healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors.

At 9 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, the Patriot Guard, with the Currituck Sheriff’s Deputies, Fire Departments and local bikers, will be escorting these heroes north along on U.S. 158 and N.C. 168.

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They will be departing from the Kilmarlic Club in Powells Point.

The significance of the escort is symbolically, as the bikers and citizens lining Caratoke Highway are protecting the very individuals that have protected us and paid the price.

Once the group crosses the state line, they will be traveling to the Norfolk Airport.

Residents are asked to gather in visible locations along Caratoke Highway to show support for those that have sacrificed so much to protect freedom.

For additional information or small flags for the escort, call Brook Sparks at 252.255.4306 or email brook@beachrealtync.com.

For more information on the overall event, visit beachrealtync.com/wwia. For more information on the WWIA Foundation visit WWIAF.org.

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